Ethics of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives

Ethics of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives

by Janet Richards
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019957555X

ISBN-13: 2900199575557

Pub. Date: 04/30/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Everyone knows that transplantation can save and transform lives, but thousands die every year on waiting lists because there are not enough organs available. If more people could be persuaded to donate, more lives could be saved. But is individual reluctance to donate the root of the problem? Individual choices are made against the background of prevailing laws,

Overview

Everyone knows that transplantation can save and transform lives, but thousands die every year on waiting lists because there are not enough organs available. If more people could be persuaded to donate, more lives could be saved. But is individual reluctance to donate the root of the problem? Individual choices are made against the background of prevailing laws, conventions and institutions, and many of those present direct or indirect obstacles to organ procurement, from both the living and the dead. If any of those cannot be justified, the deaths they cause are similarly unjustified.

In The Ethics of Transplants, Janet Radcliffe Richards, a leading moral philosopher and author of The Sceptical Feminist and Human Nature after Darwin, casts a sharp critical eye over these institutional barriers to organ procurement, and the logic of the arguments offered in their defense. Her incisive reasoning forces us to confront the implications of unexamined intuitions, leads to several unexpected conclusions, and in doing so demonstrates the crucial importance of clear thinking in public debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900199575557
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Procurement from the living
3. Methodological models
4. Procurement from the dead
5. Penumbral problems
6. Conclusion

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